Classic Marble Goes Wild

Classic Marble Goes Wild

May 15, 2015

Everyone can appreciate the classic, refined beauty of marble. But a recent episode of National Geographic Channel’s “Building Wild” proved that marble straight from the ground, in its purest form, is just as captivating.

On this episode, Vermont quarry owner Danielle Epstein wanted to use the marble found around her 100-year-old abandoned quarry to build a cabin and entertaining space she could share with friends. The Cabin Kings, Pat “Tuffy” Bakaitis and Paul DiMeo faced the heavy challenge of identifying the right stones, moving the gigantic slabs (some of which weighed up to 14,000 pounds), and crafting them into a building structure as well as an amphitheater.

The project is located in Dorset, Vermont, a town that was once one of the largest producers of marble. In fact, the area still produces some of the finest marble available today. Vermont Quarries Corp. produces the Danby marble varieties, which are some of our most popular marbles sold at Marble and Granite, Inc. They include:

Imperial Danby 2cm shown in honed finish



Royal Danby 3cm Polished



Olympian White Danby 5cm Polished

Moving the stones to form the cabin and its extra features took a lot of time and a great deal of finesse. Yet the entire project was completed in a mere five days—despite the client’s constant request for changes. In addition to using the massive marble slabs to create the building structure and outdoor seating area, the project included a few “extras.” The crew visited a working quarry where professionals used a diamond-wire saw (which cut through the marble as if it were a warm knife through butter) to turn a marble slab into a smooth outdoor table.

In the end, the Cabin Kings unveiled a beautifully landscaped area featuring the cabin, a marble fire pit, an amphitheater built with more than 5,000 tons of rock and a spinning marble sofa!

Whether you’re looking for enough marble to build an entire cabin or just a countertop, we can help you find the ideal slabs for your project. Give us a call at 877-39-STONE.

For photos and video from the episode, visit Building Wild.


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